As an export-led economy, growth potential in foreign markets is important to Ireland. Thankfully, Irish SMEs are in growth mode, much of which is derived from tried and tested markets such as the UK. According to the survey, this upward trend is set to continue, with two-thirds (64%) of Irish SMEs planning to grow export volumes in the next 3-5 years. Of this, over a third (36%) plan to grow exports by more than 10%. The UK (81%) is the most important market for these exports, followed by Western Europe (50%) and North America (36%). A quarter are eyeing up China, while other markets such as Brazil, the Middle-East, Central and Eastern Europe, Africa and Japan are also of interest to nearly one in six.